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  • Author:
    Abigail Rorer,Harold A. Mooney,Jane Lubchenco,Paul R. Ehrlich,Yvonne Baskin
  • ISBN:
    1559635207
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    Island Press; New Ed edition (August 1, 1998)
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The Work of Nature - Yvonne Baskin. Island Press is the only nonprofit organization in the United States whose principal purpose is the publication of books on environmental issues and natural resource management. The work of nature: how the diversity of life sustains us/ Yvonne Baskin. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. It is a beautifully written volume, based on an extensive technical survey carried out by outstanding ecologists from all over the world.

Yvonne Baskin (Author), Abigail Rorer (Illustrator), Harold A. Mooney . The Work of Nature identifies many examples of our attempts to manage plant and animal species without considering the ecological side effects. Mooney (Preface), Jane Lubchenco (Preface), Paul R. Ehrlich (Foreword) & 2 more. ISBN-13: 978-1559635196. Baskin's book provides a sense of purpose for preserving diversity by identifying important connections in ecosystems and their effects on people. According to the author, not all plants and animals are created equal. A striking example is the massacre of small perching birds in China during the 1950's to reduce grain losses to them.

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by Yvonne Baskin (Author), Harold A Mooney (Preface), Jane Lubchenco (Preface), Abigail Rorer (Illustrator), Paul R Ehrlich (Foreword) & 2 more. In The Work of Nature, noted science writer Yvonne Baskin examines the threats posed to humans by the loss of biodiversity. She summarizes and explains key findings from the ecological sciences, highlighting examples from around the world where shifts in species have affected the provision of clean air, pure water, fertile soils, lush landscapes, and stable natural communities.

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In The Work of Nature, noted science writer Yvonne Baskin examines the threats posed to humans by the loss of biodiversity

In The Work of Nature, noted science writer Yvonne Baskin examines the threats posed to humans by the loss of biodiversity. Distilling and bringing to life the work of the world's leading ecologists, The Work of Nature

The Work of Nature: How The Diversity Of Life Sustains Us by Yvonne Baskin Illustrator: Abigail Rorer, Foreword . In The Work of Nature, noted science writer Yvonne Baskin examines the threats posed to humans by the loss of biodiversity

The Work of Nature: How The Diversity Of Life Sustains Us by Yvonne Baskin Illustrator: Abigail Rorer, Foreword by: Paul R. Ehrlich, Preface: Harold A. Mooney, Preface: Jane Lubchenco. In The Work of Nature, noted science writer Yvonne Baskin examines the threats posed to humans by the loss of biodiversity

by Yvonne Baskin preface by Harold A. Mooney and Jane Lubchenco illustrated by Abigail Rorer foreword by.

by Yvonne Baskin preface by Harold A. Mooney and Jane Lubchenco illustrated by Abigail Rorer foreword by Paul R. Ehrlich. Island Press, 1997 Paper: 978-1-55963-520-2 Cloth: 978-1-55963-519-6 eISBN: 978-1-59726-899-8 Library of Congress Classification GE195. B36 1997 Dewey Decimal Classification 33. 2.

"We do not question that flesh and bone and leaf litter will decay to dust, that seeds will sprout season after season and find renewed nourishment in the soil, that rivers can flow endlessly without running dry, that we can breathe a lifetime without depleting the air of oxygen.... What humans have not fully appreciated until recently is that these services are the work of nature, performed by the rich diversity of microbes, plants, and animals on the earth." --from The Work of NatureThe lavish array of organisms known as "biodiversity" is an intricately linked web that makes the earth a uniquely habitable planet. Yet pressures from human activities are destroying biodiversity at an unprecedented rate. How many species can be lost before the ecological systems that nurture life begin to break down?In The Work of Nature, noted science writer Yvonne Baskin examines the threats posed to humans by the loss of biodiversity. She summarizes and explains key findings from the ecological sciences, highlighting examples from around the world where shifts in species have affected the provision of clean air, pure water, fertile soils, lush landscapes, and stable natural communities.As Baskin makes clear, biodiversity is much more than number of species -- it includes the complexity, richness, and abundance of nature at all levels, from the genes carried by local populations to the layout of communities and ecosystems across the landscape. Ecologists are increasingly aware that mankind's wanton destruction of living organisms -- the planet's work force -- threatens to erode our basic life support services. With uncommon grace and eloquence, Baskin demonstrates how and why that is so.Distilling and bringing to life the work of the world's leading ecologists, The Work of Nature is the first book of its kind to clearly explain the practical consequences of declining biodiversity on ecosystem health and function.

Dianazius
This book was required for my third term of biology and it has proven an excellent supplement to our biology textbook and is full of very interesting information.
Kelezel
I only bought it for my Biology 213 class- it is definitely pushing the agenda that the world is falling apart and humans are completely ruining nature. I would never have read it if it was not required reading.
SmEsH
Biodiversity is an important global issue that few people consider in their everyday life. Baskin's book provides a sense of purpose for preserving diversity by identifying important connections in ecosystems and their effects on people. According to the author, not all plants and animals are created equal. Some plant and animal species provide crucial functions in ecosystems processes, while others may serve redundant purposes. Although redundancy implies that these species are not needed, they may become important if a similar species is eliminated from the ecosystem. Species that provide crucial ecosystems functions and do not have replacements require focused attention in conservation efforts. The Work of Nature identifies many examples of our attempts to manage plant and animal species without considering the ecological side effects. A striking example is the massacre of small perching birds in China during the 1950's to reduce grain losses to them. After eliminating most of these birds, major insect outbreaks were reported across the country. Diversity is usually associated with tropical rain forests and other wild areas that cover only a small part of the world. To her credit, Baskin expands the discussion to include human dominated systems such as farming. The author describes processes such as the decomposition of compost by microbes in easy to understand language for a general audience. Throughout the book, important and surprising ecological connections are identified that stimulate interest in preserving biological diversity.
Nea
We used this book for an Ecological Processes class during my Zoology master program. The books best point was that it was well written. The content was well researched but was very disturbing. The author covers many grim aspects of how humans have damaged ecosystems. From an ecological perspective I thought this book presented problems but no solutions. It is easy to find problems as there are many other books written on similar subjects but in order to be great scientific literature the authors should try to provide solutions. Overall the book left me with a negative view of human kind and a poor outlook on the future of our planet. I give it three stars because it was written well even if the content was lacking.
Vizuru
Rather than elucidating the sometimes little-understood relationships between species in an ecosystem, this book works to mystify the gaps in our knowledge. Make no mistake, it's a fun read and will appear to be informative, but you'll get the sense by the end of your reading that we know nothing about how ecosystems could've evolved, for example. But I think we know more than that, and we're learning every day.
Phallozs Dwarfs
I had to get this for my Biology class. As far as a textbook, it is an easy read. However, it is pretty doom and gloom kind of reading.